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Thinking of getting a VMax
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:33 AM
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Am undecided. The reviews says it is a powerful bike. but it doesn't handle well on slow turns. Never rode one, Very rare these bikes here in the Phihpines. Would appreciate your views.
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:07 AM
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I am in the Phils. I think mine handles fairly well, but then my other bike is a Harley.

If you do buy one, let me know and will introduce you to the local mechanic if your in Manila.

Also make sure you know if yours is a Japan spec without vboost. Mine was without but I converted to vboost.

good luck.
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:10 AM
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They're good bikes, as long as you know the limitations they have, and respect those limitations. Also, like with any bike you should take proper care of it. If you do, it will last you a good, long while.

Personally, I think that some reviewers tend to over-exaggerate the poor handling issues. That, or they seem to think it should handle like a sportbike, when it is definitely not one of those.
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Old 03-31-2015, 05:38 AM
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I think that if you are not at least a little bit mechanically inclined and/or don't have enough money just to pay someone to keep it running properly that it might not be the right bike for you. I have one and have had 2 others. Except for my new 1994 I find them the most temperamental bikes that I've owned and there have been many. I think it's like someone wanting that great big Rottweiler because they heard that they are great guard dogs and they look cool too. If you don't put the extra time and effort in to it, it will become a big disaster and you will wish you bought that Golden Retreiver. I've often thought of selling my Max to get something a little newer, more reliable, better range, etc... Then I go for a ride and think to myself, what the hell else is going to make me feel like this, nothing!
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:19 AM
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The vmax is a hot rod of a bike I find myself tinkering all the time with it but I like too and this forum can help with any problems or up grades to any part of this legend of a bike . Hell even if you rode for a year and sold it you can always brag about riding a badass legend !
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:51 AM
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Default Re: Thinking of getting a VMax

They are great bikes. They can be temperamental though. Nothing major as long as it's taken care of. This forum is a lot of help when a problem does arise.

I love my Vmax. The only thing I'd trade it for is probably a gen2

Also, a good set of progressive shocks in the rear and progressive springs in the front forks and some frame braces makes a huge improvement in the handling department.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:00 AM
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Default Re: Thinking of getting a VMax

I some of you guys have hit the nail on the head for a Gen 1. Which is what we are assuming he is looking at.

They handle very good for what they are. They won't win a road course race, but they were never designed to either. Don't go 135 mph in a long sweeper or you will feel the spaghetti flew in the chassis.

Over the road long distance they aren't all that comfortable of a bike stock. You can spend some money on them to make them better, but obviously it's 1985 technology all the way up.to 2007.

Fuel range isn't great either again you can spend some money and get an extended tank.

Power I think most people over exaggerate alot. Yes they have some power, but almost any crusier today has the same power and sport bikes 600 cc have the same or more power. Back in 1985 it had power.... but none the less it's a super fun bike to ride around town stop.light to stop light. That's what it was designed for.

Brakes..... well I guess they stop you if you haven't ridden a new anything bike made in the last 10 years. They do the job fine for what they are.

Ergonomics..... tend to be more towards a shorter person. I would say 5'10" area.

Gauges.... hard to see and lacking. I think most people would agree here that want to ride the bike and not stop light to stop light jog. For city riding, the speedo location is great. The fuel light sucks.

Tires.... get shinko tourmasters. That's the cheapest best upgrade you can do. Will transform the bike into a totally different animal. It will handles, stop and take off better. But they don't last long 5000 miles or so.

Headlight I thought was ok at night. Not super bright like some of today's bike, but more than enough for regular night riding.

Controls... all seem in good normal spots.

Maintenance... I only putzed with mine because I wanted to. My last vmax ran great almost all the time. Once in awhile it needed some attention.

All in all its great fun if you understand it's limits and aren't looking for hayabusa power or zx14 brakes or R6 handling, roadking comfort etc. If you want raw muscle feeling this is a great bike. It gets up and goes strong to about 80 mph, has a bad ass look to it and puts a smile on your face.

In your part of the world I would be afraid of parts availability and knowleagble help.

Good luck
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:01 AM
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Default Re: Thinking of getting a VMax

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Originally Posted by hardrightdright View Post
Am undecided. The reviews says it is a powerful bike. but it doesn't handle well on slow turns. Never rode one, Very rare these bikes here in the Phihpines. Would appreciate your views.
A BMW, for it's great rep. doesn't handle slow turns well either. And they have their own quirks, like most bikes. Buy a good one-Vmax, that is turn key and keep it maintained by competent mechanics. You'll be a happy camper. A Gen 2 might be better for you too.
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:26 AM
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Default Re: Thinking of getting a VMax

A lot of people will say that the Vmax doesnt handle very well. IT does....for a bike that came out in 85. It is what it is. Even for all of the minus's...and all of its faults....it will put a smile on your face everytime you get on it, and feel the Vboost kick in. Not many motorcycle even 30 years later, can still say it is just a "fun" motorcycle and will still put a smile on your face.
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:28 PM
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Default Re: Thinking of getting a VMax

Love mine. It's a 2002 carbon fiber paint. Plenty of power, not for the inexperienced! Makes me feel 18 again. Just my opinion but ear to ear shit eating grin every time I get off it. Like anything it will have some personal mods made to it. Bars, tires, frame and fork brace. Maybe an exhaust and jet kit down the road. If im not on the gas the bike handles fine, aggressive riding will have you quickly challenging your abilities on a stock one. With a few goodies im told these problems are lessened or solved
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